One of the quirkier releases to come out of the legendary Stones Throw Records, Amsterdam-based Benny Sings steals the show with a colourful album that meanders in between sunny 80s pop tunes and a true soulful tone that makes him one of the most unique artists out at the moment. In City Pop, he is able to mold his own sound beautifully.
Tracks like “Late At Night,” have awesome colourful synths with an infectious lassline that drives the track forward with it’s funk and soul. “Summerlude” is a wonderfully summer-filled jazz track with beautiful keys and guitar licks that bring out so much character to the track. The percussion as well is superb. “So Far So Good” is a more sombre track, with its mellow keys, and “My World – Cornelius” is another great jazz-funk fusion, with hypnotic keys and synths layered over each other, and Benny Sings’ smooth vocals adding so much soul to the track. The upbeat nature of the track brings out character and charm. Of course, I have to mention the lead single “Not Enough,” with its dominant piano riffs and playful rhythms. The basslines throughout are funky as hell, and it’s practically impossible to listen to this record without nodding your head along. That’s where the charm of this album lies.
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